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Cracking the Case of London’s Elusive, Acrobatic Rare-Book Thieves | Vanity Fair

Illustrations by Shawn Martinbrough; Coloring by Christopher Sotomayor.

“Impossible,” said David Ward. The London Metropolitan Police constable looked up.

Some 50 feet above him, he saw that someone had carved a gaping hole through a skylight. Standing in the Frontier Forwarding warehouse in Feltham, West London, he could hear the howl of jets from neighboring Heathrow Airport as they roared overhead.

At Ward’s feet lay three open trunks, heavy-duty steel cases. They were empty. A few books lay strewn about. Those trunks had previously been full of books. Not just any books. The missing ones, 240 in all, included early versions of some of the most significant printed works of European history.

Source: Cracking the Case of London’s Elusive, Acrobatic Rare-Book Thieves | Vanity Fair

At Harvard’s Houghton Library, the beauty of the book in all its forms – Harvard Gazette

The binding and a vividly illuminated page from “Heroides,” the humanist manuscript by the Roman poet Ovid.
The binding and a vividly illuminated page from “Heroides,” the humanist manuscript by the Roman poet Ovid.

 

For last semester’s seminar “Harvard’s Greatest Hits,” David Stern got about a dozen first-year students in a room and had them examine some of the rarest and oldest volumes at Houghton Library, Harvard’s rich and vast repository of art, culture, history and much, much more.

Source: At Harvard’s Houghton Library, the beauty of the book in all its forms – Harvard Gazette

How Two Thieves Stole Thousands of Prints From University Libraries – Atlas Obscura

Quick! Deyan Georgiev/Alamy
Quick! Deyan Georgiev/Alamy

They almost got away with it.

Source: How Two Thieves Stole Thousands of Prints From University Libraries – Atlas Obscura

The Most Festive Treasures of the New York Public Library’s Maps Division – Atlas Obscura

We wish you a mappy Christmas.

Source: The Most Festive Treasures of the New York Public Library’s Maps Division – Atlas Obscura